Welcome To Summernats Oppressive Australian heat, sombrero hats, spilled beers and a taste that’s a bitter mixture of tyre smoke and red dust. All soundtracked beautifully by a symphony of blown V8s and the death screams of tyres. This is Summernats, Australia’s largest and most iconic annual car culture event. Unable to recount how many times I’ve been randomly questioned about the festival when Summernats 32 rolled around, I thought it best to forgo the grand overview (which you can still read right here) and focus on what the event is like to attend as a regular punter. This year I’d trade the coveted media vest for a regular t-shirt and a camping pass, with the intention of sharing a more personal account of the weekend. I’ll take you with me as we crash a mate’s camping site, explore the event, cruise, and maybe even fry a set of tyres. Hopefully, whatever we lose in scale will be replaced with an additional injection of fun. And … [Read more...] about The Full-Blown Summernats Experience
A Little Perspective I’m hugely grateful for the story which I’m about to write… In this day and age it’s very easy to lose track of perspective. We live in a world that forces us to compare ourselves to others on a daily basis, so it’s easy to see what you’re missing out on, or what others are doing and you’re not. Besides, being English, you can often find me complaining about one part of my work or another – I might be on a shoot that’s not going right for one reason or another, or fighting against deadlines or scheduling. At times it probably seems like I really don’t enjoy what I do, but when you care about your work it’s easy to be too hard on yourself. The truth is I love my job, and I don’t think many people can say that. In fact, in writing this retrospective I’ve gained an appreciation for just how lucky I am to call this ridiculous pursuit a “job”, and how fortunate I am to be a part of … [Read more...] about Appreciating My Year Of Speed
Speedhunters Assemble! We’re very curious to know what Speedhunters means to you. Yes, you. I’m sure there are just as many answers as readers, but to help define what we’ve become, I thought I’d interrogate a group that I feel are a great representation of my own opinion of what Speedhunters means to the world. Standing before me is a melting pot of cultures, experiences, lifestyles, interests, ages and even automotive pursuits. All it takes is the smell of fuel, the rattle of tools, or a raspy exhaust note and our differences fade into insignificance. As an extension of that very same global community, Speedhunters unites people, too. It’s something we take for granted on a regular basis because we’re just so used to none of the bullshit mainstream media use to divide the public mattering here. Regardless of how they portray us as evil ‘hoons’ hell-bent on destroying the fabric of society, the good within our little world far out-weighs … [Read more...] about What Does Speedhunters Mean To You?
Something you often see in magazine coverage of car shows in Japan is a few pages dedicated to photographs of every single car and owner that turned up to the event. The photos typically aren’t anything special, and due to the size restraints of a magazine end up being roughly the size of a postage stamp, but the concept is something I love. Everyone who comes along gets a memento of the event and something to show their friends and family for years to come. For Speedhunters Live, I wanted to do a bit of a remix on this Japanese concept and put a bit more flair into producing a quality photo for each attendee. Out of the 300 cars in attendance, I only photographed about 70 as the event was winding down and the sun was setting behind Mt. Fuji. But the event was so hectic for Dino, Ron and myself, that this probably ended up being the best opportunity for me to take some time to really appreciate and enjoy many of the cars that I’d simply walked past … [Read more...] about The Speedhunters Live Photoshoot Mega-Album
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Speedhunters Live was nothing more than an idea up until a couple of months ago. Ideas are easy to come up with, but to actually set the wheels in motion, to take a concept and turn it into reality is much harder than most could possibly imagine. But here I am, the day after our first event, thinking ‘Holy crap, we did it!’ It was a great partnership that allowed us to turn this concept into a reality. The idea has been there for years, but how to approach, implement and sculpt it into something that was noticeably our own was the real challenge. Teaming up with our Japan distributors, Hashimoto Corporation, and the guys behind RevSpeed Magazine, who are responsible for some of Japans most respected tuning magazines, we got to work. So what is Speedhunters Live? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret, up until even the night before, we didn’t know exactly what it was going to end up being. You can plan as much … [Read more...] about Preview: This Is Speedhunters Live